The #LightBetweenOceans – Review

The Light Between Oceans – Budget of $20 millions – 2 hours and 12 minutes

Note: I have not read the book. This is a review of the movie only.
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The Light Between Oceans
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Tom Sherborne is looking forward to isolation after fighting in the war. So in December 1918, he takes a job as a light keeper. He stays on the island, takes care of the lighthouse, and records everything that happens. After several love letters, Tom ask Isabel to marry him and live on the island with him. She happily obliges him and starts adapting to island life. She farms, cooks, and cleans. Within 2 years, Isabel and Tom have 2 miscarriages which leaves her depressed. But after the 2nd, a miracle happens. A dingy washes up on shore, with a baby and a dead man inside. Tom wants to report what happened, but Isabel (knowing that everyone still thinks she’s pregnant) wants to keep the baby as their own and name her Lucy. Although, Tom, doesn’t want to, he sees how happy Isabel is and decides to go with her plan. This plan works great, until the day of Lucy’s christening. Tom hears a woman, Hannah, praying and crying over a gravestone. After she leaves, he reads that it’s a marker for her husband and daughter, whom were lost at sea. Its too much for him to bare and he wants to tell. When Isabel talks to Hannah, Isabel puts 2 and 2 together and is shocked to learn that Hannah is Lucy’s true mother. But Isabel wants to stay silent. The deeply in love couple are quickly at odds. While Tom is sending anonymous notes to Hannah, Isabel is doing everything to stay on the island. And the fight for right and wrong will come to a stunning conclusion that will have a lasting impact on everyone involved.

Based on the book, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, the film takes its time with character development (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Lucy does not wash up on shore until 45 minutes into the movie. The most interesting part about this story is that no one is painted as a hero or a villain. Everyone’s motives are laid out for you. Although there are several lags in the story, the cinematography and custom design are Oscar worthy. This film is visual beautiful, but not a must see. See it matinee or wait for On Demand. But be prepared to ask yourself, “What would I do if I were …?”

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

If a wife loses her husband, she is a widow, but if a parent loses a child there is no special word for them – Isabel

It’s not our fault. It is not our fault – Tom

I am not Grace – Lucy

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